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Ashley Christensen comes to Kindred for a book dinner

Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen’s new book, “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories From a Modern Diner,” will be released Sept. 20 from Ten Speed Press.
Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen’s new book, “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories From a Modern Diner,” will be released Sept. 20 from Ten Speed Press. News & Observer

Talk about packing major star power into one room: Chef/owner Joe Kindred will bring Raleigh’s award-winning chef/owner Ashley Christensen to Davidson Sept. 26 for a special dinner to celebrate the publication of her book, “Poole’s: Recipes and Stories From a Modern Diner.”

Christensen, the winner of a James Beard Award as the best chef in the Southeast, started attracting attention from all over the South in 2007 when she opened Poole’s Diner in downtown Raleigh, with a menu that used N.C. ingredients and new spins on Southern cooking. She has since opened a whole list of places in Raleigh, including Death & Taxes, a finalist for the JBF’s best new restaurant award last spring. Kindred was named one of Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants last year, and was a semi-finalist for the Beard awards.

Her book is part of a trifecta of cookbooks coming this fall from female chefs in North Carolina: Vivian Howard of the Chef & the Farmer in Kinston is releasing “Deep Run Roots” and Katie Button of Curate and Nightbell in Asheville has “Curate: Authentic Spanish Food From an American Kitchen.”

Getting back to Kindred: Joe Kindred will feature a five-course meal prepared by the Kindred staff featuring dishes from Christensen’s book, and guests will receive a copy of the book. Christensen will be on hand to sign books.

Tickets are $125, and two seatings are available, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reserverations (I’d make them soon): 980-231-5000 or email justin@kindreddavidson.com.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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